• St. Louis Press Pass

    May 27, 2016
    Residential real estate sales up 14 percent in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/20/16)
    The residential real estate market is booming in St. Louis, according to Business Journal research. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Microsoft could be next Cortex anchor tenant
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/27/16)
    Designs and plans for Wexford Science & Technology’s next major project in the Cortex innovation district are expected to be detailed some time over the next 30 days. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    The Saint Louis Fashion Incubator Now Accepting Applications For Its Inaugural Class
    (ALIVE Magazine, 5/25/16)
    The road to the official launch of the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator has made huge strides in 2016, beginning with the appointment of Eric Johnson—former NYC Economic Development Corporation’s vice president for fashion and arts—as the Director of the program. The SLFI will kick off a two-year residency program for six national emerging designers on January 1, 2017. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     You may also read more about this story in Women's Wear Daily. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Energizer acquiring auto fragrance maker in $340 million deal
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/24/16)
    Energizer Holdings Inc. is acquiring a designer and marketer of car fragrance and appearance products in a $340 million deal. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Angel deals down nationwide, but not in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/25/16)
    The number of startup deals being funded by angel investors in U.S. last year slipped 3.1 percent compared with 2014 deal flow, according to the latest analysis from the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Cultivation Capital Named The Most Active Tech Venture Capital Firm In Missouri By CBInsights
    (EQ, 5/25/16)
    CB Insights just released a report on the most active venture capital firms in each state by the number of investments into tech startups from 2011 to 2016 year-to-date (through May 9, 2016). St. Louis’ own Cultivation Capital was named the most active in Missouri. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    BJC looks to local startup to improve care for vulnerable patients
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/20/16)
    A St. Louis-based technology company is trying to address the challenge of caring for patients after they’re discharged from the hospital. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    SSM Health goes live with Surescripts' National Record Locator Service
    (Healthcare Dive, 5/24/16)
    St. Louis-based SSM Health is the first healthcare organization to go live with Surescripts National Record Locator Service (NRLS), which now provides 10,000 SSM clinicians across Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma a way to locate patient EHRs regardless of where they received care, the medical clinic annnounced Monday. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital among first to get Blue Distinction for maternity care
    (Illinois Business Journal, 5/2016)
    In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois recently announced that HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been designated as one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Benson Hill Biosystems launches “cloud biology” software
    (The News & Observer, 5/23/16)
    Agricultural technology startup Benson Hill Biosystems has launched new “cloud biology” software that it says can dramatically accelerate the development of improved crops. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    KP Development plans $8 million warehouse on old Chrysler site
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/26/16)
    KP Development is planning an 158,400-square-foot, $8 million speculative warehouse in the Fenton Logistics Park, the former site of the Chrysler plant. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Creve Coeur manufacturer makes acquisition
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/16/16)
    Creve Coeur-based Electrical Components International Inc. (ECI), which manufactures wire harnesses and other assembly services, has agreed to acquire a similar company out of Georgia called Whitepath Fab Tech Inc. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Stacy Hastie firm eyes industrial development east of Soulard
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/27/16)
    A firm tied to Environmental Operations Inc. CEO Stacy Hastie is seeking to redevelop 40 acres in the city of St. Louis’ Kosciusko neighborhood, just east of Soulard. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Washington University planning to usher in new era of scientific discovery
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/23/16)
    Inside Washington University, top administrators have grown tired of the school being recognized mostly for its medical school. They also want to be thought of as a national player in the realm of scientific research. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Lewis & Clark announces tuition discount offers for some full time students
    (Riverbender.com, 5/23/16)
    Starting this fall, Lewis and Clark Community College students who are taking 15 credit hours per semester qualify for a significant discount on their tuition. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ranken Tech And Organized Labor Team Up For New Job Training Program
    (KTRS, 5/4/16)
    Ranken Technical College and UAW-LETC are teaming up for a new initiative to help produce more skilled workers in the St. Louis area. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center expands with $2.4 million gift to house Head Start classrrooms
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/25/16)
    With the help of an anonymous $2.4 million donation, the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis is growing to accommodate the area’s youngest children. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Scottrade renovation cost put at $160 million
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/27/16)
    Remodeled concourses, a bigger scoreboard and an enclosed beer garden are part of a $160 million renovation plan for Scottrade Center in downtown St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Landmarks Association announces 'Most Enhanced' awards
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/27/16)
    A factory renovated for an IT firm, an abandoned flat redone as modern apartments and storefronts re-imagined as residences are among winners of 2016 Most Enhanced Award from Landmarks Association of St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Hazelwood outlet mall owner seeks to expand beyond retail tenants
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/22/16)
    The new owner of the St. Louis Outlet Mall, plagued by an exodus of tenants, may add nonretail uses such as office space to reinvigorate the struggling shopping center. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Ameren Illinois modernizing power grid in East St. Louis
    (Illinois Business Journal, 5/2016)
    Ameren Illinois is building a new 34-kilovolt power line that will move power through East St. Louis to the intersection of Cleveland and 27th Street where the company will break ground for a new substation later this summer. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New Centene plans reveal bigger-than-expected Clayton campus
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/25/16)
    Centene Corp. on Tuesday confirmed what many in the business community had already known: The managed care giant has plans to build a second office tower east of its Clayton headquarters, at the corner of Hanley Road and Forsyth Boulevard. And while few details of the project were provided, one thing was made clear in Centene’s site plan: The scope of the project is much larger than initially thought. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Urban League and Griot Museum join forces to keep African-American history alive in St. Louis
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/20/16)
    The Urban League of St. Louis and the Griot Museum of Black History are forming an alliance that the museum’s founder hopes will keep the museum going for generations. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Flying Lotus, Tycho, Deerhoof Top Inaugural Murmuration Festival Lineup
    (Riverfront Times, 5/24/16)
    Murmuration Festival, by its founders' vision, will be a mufti-faceted three-day affair combining science, technology, art and music across multiple stages at the Cortex Innovation Community campus in Midtown St. Louis. The fest will feature presentations from speakers in the scientific and technological fields and a juried art competition in addition to musical performances. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Little-known St. Louis museum holds part of world’s largest private original manuscript collection
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/18/16)
    The first draft of the Bill of Rights. The paper Einstein’s E=Mc2 was written on. Noah Webster’s first dictionary. These are three influential documents that are included in collector David Karpeles’ largest private collection of original manuscripts in the world — three of over one million such documents. >> CLICK FOR MORE
  • St. Louis Press Pass

    May 23, 2016
    Analysts to Monsanto: Grow big or grow home
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/20/16)
    First, Monsanto went big with its $47 billion takeover offer last year for Syngenta, which was rebuffed. Then, last month, Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant said the company is no longer interested in large-scale mergers or acquisitions and would focus on innovation, collaboration and small-scale acquisitions. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Does a Monsanto sale threaten area's thriving plant science hub?
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/20/16)
    More than a few hurdles face German chemicals and pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG before its unsolicited offer to buy Monsanto becomes reality. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    Research assistant Erin Hall extracts DNA from wheat at Monsanto's Chesterfield Village Research Center.
    Explore the technology Monsanto uses at its Chesterfield research facility 
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/17/16)
    Monsanto, the global ag giant, recently gave the Business Journal a tour of its Chesterfield Village Research Center to show what it does and how it does it. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis area experiencing business growth
    (KTVI, 5/16/16)
    Stan Kroenke may claim St. Louis is a bad place to do business, but as we reported last week, Top Golf is just the latest of several big name chains being added to the St. Louis area`s marquee. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis area median home prices up 17 percent in April
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/18/16)
    The median home sales price in the St. Louis area increased 17 percent last month compared with April 2015. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    How a Cahokia grocery store will become St. Louis' next public company
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/13/16)
    When Bill Moran opened the first Save-A-Lot in 1977 in Cahokia, Illinois, he saw the potential for small grocers to compete against national chains by using cost-cutting to target lower-income shoppers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Capital Innovators is linchpin of St. Louis startup scene
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/20/16)
    Judy Sindecuse hadn’t even heard of accelerator funds when she set out to create one. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Venture capital interest in blockchain startups on the rise
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/18/16)
    More money is being invested in startups developing blockchain technology, which is behind the bitcoin digital currency. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    In Your Neighborhood- Cortex
    (KTVI, 5/13/16)
    Founded in 2002, Cortex is the Midwest’s premiere innovation hub of bioscience and technology research, development and commercialization, serving as an anchor of St. Louis’ growing ecosystem for innovative startup programs and established companies. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    National Mapping Agency Sets Up Shop in Silicon Valley
    (Government Technology, 5/18/16)
    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the mapping agency expanding its western headquarters in St. Louis, announced on Monday that it will create an "outpost" in Silicon Valley. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Memorial seeks to add doctors for new building
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/13/16)
    Memorial Hospital plans to launch efforts to recruit doctors both to join its Memorial Medical Group and to operate independent physician practices in the $22 million medical office building it is planning for its newly opened Shiloh campus. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    The proposed 70,500-square-foot medical office building would house offices for primary care, internal and family medicine physicians as well as obstetrics/gynecology and orthopedic specialists.
    Understanding how Zika works; Washington University med school’s discovery
    (KTVI, 5/12/16)
    A vaccine to protect against the Zika virus may be one step closer to becoming reality thanks to new discoveries made at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis Regional Airport plays major role in area
    (The Alton Telegraph, 5/16/16)
    More than 70,000 flight operations yearly and approximately 500 jobs make St. Louis Regional Airport a major player in the area’s economy. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Byrne & Jones Construction Acquires Peoria, Ill. Marine Construction Services Company
    (St. Louis CRN, 5/9/16)
    As St. Louis-based Byrne & Jones Construction celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding, it is expanding with the acquisition of Midwest Foundation, a Peoria, Ill. marine construction services company. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Weber Workforce Center planned with support of estate gift
    (Riverbender.com, 5/18/16)
    Lewis and Clark Community College will break ground on a new workforce building on the Godfrey Campus later this year, thanks to a nearly $3.25 million gift from the estate of local resident Ed Weber. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Plan advances for $60M bridge linking Missouri, Illinois
    (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/18/16)
    An old, narrow and deteriorating Mississippi River bridge at Louisiana, Missouri, may finally be replaced within the next few years, following two recent developments. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    The Champ Clark Bridge in Louisiana, MO was built in 1928 and carries 4,000 vehicles daily.
    Hockey rink project planned in Chesterfield as nearby Iceplex heads toward demolition
    (St. Louis Business Journal, 5/13/16)
    A group including Michael Staenberg and Tom Kaiman is proposing a 44-acre Chesterfield Valley development anchored by a 130,000-square-foot hockey complex. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Small Business Week honors black business owners
    (The St. Louis American, 5/12/16)
    Two African-American local business owners received awards during National Small Business Week, held in St. Louis from May 2 to 7. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    New student-driven East St. Louis Initiative connects entrepreneurs with resources
    (Fuse, 5/16/16)
    ESLI exists to support East St. Louis entrepreneurs with access to consulting, training, and legal services. In order to provide these services, ESLI connects student volunteers with a budding entrepreneur for four months of intensive support. The organization is already supporting a pair of driven entrepreneurs, including a mobile barbershop and a volleyball club. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    DiversityInc ranks utilities Ameren Corp 1st in nation
    (American Daily News, 5/17/16)
    For the second consecutive year, DiversityInc has ranked Ameren Corporation first in the United States on its 2016 listing of the nation’s Top 7 Utilities. Since 2010, Ameren has been recognized among DiversityInc’s top utilities for creating an inclusive workplace, supporting the diverse communities it serves and developing strong partnerships with diverse suppliers. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    Syrian Refugees to Arrive in St. Louis Within a Year
    (CBS St. Louis, 5/17/16)
    Around 300 Syrian refugees could be arriving in St. Louis within a years time and 10,000 are expected nationwide. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis City Economic Incentives Report Tallies Totals, Recommends Changes
    (nextSTL, 5/13/16)
    There are at least two distinct lines of thought regarding economic development incentives in the City of St. Louis. One believes that incentives are absolutely necessary to generate investment, that “but for” the incentives, development would not happen. The other believes that incentives are a giveaway to big developers and real estate interests that impoverish the city and particularly burden residents outside the incentive system. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    St. Louis’ Forest Park Named No. 1 Best City Park in America
    (St. Louis Magazine, 5/17/16)
    There’s a lot to love about Forest Park, and St. Louis knows it. >> CLICK FOR MORE
    What would a National Park Service designation mean for Cahokia Mounds?
    (St. Louis Public Radio, 5/15/16)
    On a warm spring afternoon, Italian archaeology students from the University of Bologna were painstakingly sifting through mud from a pit they’re excavating at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site in Collinsville. >> CLICK FOR MORE
     
    The 100-foot-tall Monks Mound, which contains about 22 million cubic feet of earth, draws the most visitors to the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site annually. It’s the largest prehistoric earthen construction in north or south America.  
    Hockey town? Second round TV audience in St. Louis outweighed D-FW by nearly 450 percent
    (SportsDay, 5/14/16)
    It wasn't much of a contest when it came to hometown viewers for the second round series between the Stars and St. Louis Blues. In Dallas-Fort Worth the seven-game series on NBCSN and NBC averaged a 3.3 rating. In St. Louis the average was 14.8. That's a lopsided 4½-to-1 advantage for the Blues in hometown television sets tuned into the games. >> CLICK FOR MORE